Monday Agbonika, the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, Ayetoro, Imeko/Afon Area Command in Ogun State, has warned youths in the state to desist from any violent act that could affect the smooth conduct of the forth coming general elections in the country.
Agbonika, who gave the warning while speaking with pressmen in his office at Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, described the general elections as a serious business, advising youths not to allow themselves to be used by any politician as thugs before, during and after the elections, adding that anybody who foment trouble would be seriously dealt with.
According him, “youths should not allow themselves to be used as thugs during the elections. I want the youths to know that election is a serious business and anything that they do in contrary to the rules of the elections will attract serious sanctions from the government.
“Anybody found with a weapon will be treated like a criminal, no matter the political party he or she may belong. Anybody that is arrested before or during the election will be treated as a threat to the elections and such a person will be doing his or her own election in the prison.”
The police chief commended the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on his plan to purchase 20 new armoured vehicles for the State Police Command to combat crimes, adding that the equipment would make the job of policing the State during and after the elections easier.
ACP Agbonika, who described Ayetoro as a peaceful town, stated that the command, through its Task Force and support of members of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC), has reduced to the barest minimum, the clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in the area.
His words, “we are doing our best to reduce herdsmen/farmers clashes to the barest minimum. We have established a task force that is monitoring their activities. The support and cooperation of members of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC) and the task force has really helped in reducing the clashes.”